Posts in SLAPP Stories
Landmark Civil Rights Case NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co (1982)

In the landmark civil rights case NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co., 458 U.S. 886 (1982), a local branch of the NAACP instituted an economic boycott against white merchants in Claiborne County, Mississippi to pressure elected officials to adopt several racial justice measures. In response, the merchants sued the NAACP for tortious interference with business.

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Wells Fargo Employee SLAPP

In 2002, Wells Fargo dismissed an employee. The National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), of which Wells Fargo is a member, requires members to provide a designated form when a registered employee is terminated. Wells Fargo filed the form in November 2002, noting that it terminated the employee for “violation of company policies by misrepresenting information in the sale of annuities, not being properly registered and firm procedures regarding annuity applications.”

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Washington Supreme Court Dismissed Land Developer SLAPP

In 2001 in Washington State, a number of citizen groups and individuals opposed the land developer Right-Price’s proposal to build several new houses in a historic area. In response to the opposition, Right-Price sued several associations and individuals, seeking damages for slander, commercial disparagement, tortious interference, and civil conspiracy.

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Washington Farmer Civil Rights Suit Settled After Countersuit

In Washington state, a local organic farmer was arrested in a traffic stop the courts ruled was an illegal “pretext stop.” He filed a federal civil rights suit, and the city attorney’s office countersued for malicious prosecution, and for defamation based upon “outlandish statements” he made about the police officer involved in the arrest.

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Catholic Priest SLAPP Against Attorney Dismissed

In 2003, Erin Brady brought two civil lawsuits alleging that a particular Catholic priest had molested her as a child. Her attorney, Ray Boucher, gave an interview with the Los Angeles Times regarding Brady’s lawsuit. In response, the accused clergy member sued Brady, Ray Boucher and his firm, Kiesel, Boucher & Larson, and SNAP, an advocacy organization for victims of clergy molestation.

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Counterfeiting suit malicious prosecution, or malicious prosecution a SLAPP?

In 2004, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Burberry, and other companies suspected that their products were being counterfeited on Santee Street in downtown Los Angeles, also known as Santee Alley.  Hundreds of shops, booths, and stands make up Santee Alley and sell anything from clothing to jewelry.  These companies hired a company called Investigative Consultants to investigate the matter.  Investigative Consultants confirmed that these companies’ products were indeed being counterfeited.

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Internet Newspaper Sued for Anonymous Comments

In Maryland in 2006, a real estate developer brought a defamation lawsuit against an internet newspaper company, Independent Newspapers, Inc. (INI), and three John Doe defendants in state court. The lawsuit arose from statements criticizing the developer for selling his historic home to another developer and accusing him of maintaining a dirty Dunkin’ Donuts establishment.

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Foundation SLAPP Dropped After Transfer to California

NedGam Productions and Edge 1 Productions are businesses that run “The” and “ACT”, talent agencies that hold auditions at hotels nationwide in search children looking to become actors.  Ironically, “The” and “ACT” are both owned by Michael Palance.  BizParentz Foundation is a non-profit charity that helps children and their families to avoid scams and make their way in the child star industry.

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